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April 14

If you could choose anything, …?
Joshua 23-24 /Proverbs 14 /Colossians 1-4

Tutorial for first-timers


OT

Joshua 23:6-8 “So be strong! Be very careful to follow all the instructions written in the Book of the Law of Moses. Do not deviate from them in any way. Make sure you do not associate with the other people still remaining in the land. Do not even mention the names of their gods, much less swear by them or worship them. But be faithful to the LORD your God as you have done until now.”

24:19-20 Then Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy and jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve other gods, he will turn against you and destroy you, even though he has been so good to you.”

Proverbs 14:12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

NT

1:18-23 Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross. This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed by God to proclaim it.


OT Flash Points

Joshua finished the work given to him
Continue to obey God and prosper
Turn away and be wiped out!
Choose today – as for me and my house we will…

Proverbs: Fools make fun of guilt
The godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation
Work = profit
Talk = poverty

NT Flash Points

I am glad when I suffer for you , for I am completing what remains of Christ’s suffering for (in?) His body, the Church
Devote yourself to prayer (Be consciously committed to always looking up & conversing with God.)


Perspective

There is one liberty – Jesus at work in my conscience, enabling me to do what is right
The Cross is the way God gives
Jesus is pressing us to take the other end of the yoke and learn of Him
Proven by the joy of the LORD – unconquerable

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